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Systems

Monitoring: How and Why We Do It

October 14, 2015

Monitoring is a lot of work. A monitoring system is a service unto itself, and like other applications it needs care, feeding, configuration, databases, DBAs, patching, and maintenance. Though it often prevents the loss of revenue, it doesn’t generate revenue except in rare circumstances. …



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Networks

A Look into the Pi-Shaped Expert Model

October 7, 2015

So you’ve started planning your career using a VCDX skillset. Continuing on that same train of thought, I want to walk you through an additional concept that might help you decide what skills to develop next. In the last year, I’ve been preparing my …



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Database Systems

Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance

September 28, 2015

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak at VMWorld in San Francisco. The session title was Using Virtual SAN to Maximize Database Performance, and in that session I spent time focusing on performance as well as recovery. Why would recovery be a …


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Networks Systems

Learning to Pivot

September 18, 2015

The role of information technology inside of corporations is not new; it has existed for decades. With each passing year we see acceleration in the speed and complexity of changes to our roles as IT professionals. Industries as a whole tend to resist change. …


Systems

Playing Operation with Systems

September 14, 2015

We live in a hectic world of day-to-day operations and aggressive business requirements that must be facilitated and made possible by IT — often in a vacuum. And we do all this while being expected to keep operations running consistently, repeatedly, and without interruption. …


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Networks

Four Ways Your Network Could Change in Four Years

September 2, 2015

While network administrators are used to keeping the lights on, the time is approaching for a major change in the way networks look and run. While SDN is still in its infancy, the value is indisputable as are the initial attempts at implementation in …


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Networks

Why You Still Need Network Alerts

September 1, 2015

Retracing an intractable alert hairball today, I’m reminded of how critical, and often critically broken, alerting actually is in many environments. You can be a department of one with only a handful of systems sending occasional advisory messages, or a large IT team with …


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Networks

Throttling Network Bandwidth

August 4, 2015

One of the aspects of monitoring that IT professionals (and monitoring software developers in particular) think about a lot is “throttling.” How do you control the flow of data entering the system? How do you manage that same data once it’s been processed and …